No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories

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“These delightful stories do that essential-but-rare story thing: they surprise. They skip past the quotidian, the merely real, to the essential, and do so with a spirit of tenderness and wonder that is wholly unique. They are (let me coin a phrase) July-esque, which is to say: infused with wonder at the things of the world.” —George Saunders, author of Tenth of December

Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly—they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals their idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. No One Belongs Here More Than You is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.
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Miranda July is a filmmaker, writer, and artist. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Harper’s. The story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. She wrote, directed, and starred in The Future. Her film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, received a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Caméra d’Or at Cannes. In 2014 she debuted the audience-participatory performance, New Society, at the Walker Art Center, and launched the messaging service app, Somebody.

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May 15, 2007
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Los dieciséis relatos que dieron a conocer a Miranda July, el icono indie americano.

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Los solitarios protagonistas de estos dieciséis relatos intentan conectar con los demás del modo más extraño. Con una ironía agridulce y un erotismo punzante, Miranda July convierte las situaciones más bizarras en escenas de una humanidad reveladora.

Este conjunto de historias supuso el debut de una autora que sorprendió con un universo literario rompedor, de una artista que ignora la realidad y flirtea con el surrealismo para centrarse en lo esencial. En sus manos, toda lógica explosiona y el lenguaje se convierte en la mejor herramienta para reconfigurar el mundo. Directos y sin complejos, estos relatos ofrecen comprensión y demuestran que nunca es tarde para elaborar una nueva teoría sobre quiénes somos, ponerle música y bailar como si no hubiera mañana.

«Cautivador, bellamente escrito, para reír a carcajadas.»
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«Las ingeniosas historias de July pasan de la diversión más disparatada a la tristeza más desgarradora. Están plagadas de observaciones irónicas y verdades caseras sobre la vida moderna.»
The Daily Telegraph

«Miranda July es una docente del lenguaje, una #Maga# (en el sentido cortazariano del término) de la literatura cuyos personajes narrativos evocan a aquellos que Diane Arbus capturó con el objetivo de su cámara.»
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«Sus personajes, dotados de una suave excentricidad, son frágiles y entrañables [...]. MirandaJuly tiene una gran habilidad para llevar al lector hacia su mundo marginal e insólito para así poder contar mejor lo esencial.»
Le Figaro

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Miranda July
Cheryl Glickman tror på romancer, der strækker sig over flere liv, og sjælevandringer mellem spædbørn. Hun bor alene og arbejder i en nonprofitorganisation, hvor de underviser kvinder i selvforsvar. Da det bliver klart, at det nu er Cheryls tur til at huse chefens tyveårige datter Clee, sprænges hendes møjsommeligt organiserede verden i tusind stykker. Men alligevel bliver det mutte, utilpassede Clee, der hjælper Cheryl af med den globus hystericus, hun har siddende i halsen. Den første onde mand er underspillet komedie og inderlig kærlighedsfortælling, fuld af intense seksuelle fantasier og altomsluttende moderkærlighed. Miranda Julys første roman understreger hendes position som spektakulært original, ikonisk og afgørende stemme i moderne amerikansk kultur. Miranda July er filminstruktør, skuespiller, forfatter og kunstner. Hun skrev, instruerede og spillede hovedrollen i filmen You, Me And Everyone We Know, som blev præmieret med juryens særlige pris ved Sundance Film Festival og Camera d'Or i Cannes. Julys noveller er blevet bragt i The New Yorker, Paris Review og Harper's. Novellesamlingen No One Belongs Here More Than You er udkommet i 23 lande. "Miranda July får dig til at le, græmmes og genkende dig selv i den kvinde, du aldrig planlagde at være. Og når July går om bord i moderskabet, er bogen allerede blevet en bibel. Aldrig før har nogen anden roman talt så inderligt til min seksualitet, spiritualitet, mit hemmelige jeg. Jeg ved nu, at jeg ikke er alene." - Lena Dunham, manuskriptforfatter, instruktør og hovedrolleindehaver i HBO's TV-seriehit GIRLS og forfatteren bag NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL "Med Den første onde mand er man i bittersødt, klogt selskab. Den er varm, den har hjerte, en puls. Denne bog er i live, så det smerter." - New York Times Book Review "En fantastisk bevægende skildring af moderskab og hvad det vil sige at drage omsorg for et barn." - Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
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